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President Park honors academics for their contributions
May 15, 2014
President Park Geun-hye met with senior academics on May 14 at a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Mentioning the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry, which happened last month, President Park said in her opening remarks that, “The acc...

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Future of clean energy announced at int'l meeting
May 15, 2014
Energy representatives from 24 countries and international organizations, such as the International Energy Agency, have gathered in Korea to discuss ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop new clean energy technologies. Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Yoon S...

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Asian nations work together to stop desertification
May 12, 2014
Asian countries, including Korea, China, Cambodia and Mongolia, have joined forces to combat desertification and to beef up cooperation in the forestry sector. As part of a series of joint efforts, the Korea Forest Service and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to C...

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Global trademark info listed at new website
May 12, 2014
Dubbed TM5, or Trademark 5, a new website recently launched that shares with the public trademark and patent information from five of the biggest markets in the world. The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) led the launch of the website, as part of its joint cooperation m...

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Updated health care coverage for geriatric dementia
May 09, 2014
Starting in July, the national health care plan for the elderly will be enhanced, as patients with relatively lighter mental illnesses will become eligible for long-term health care insurance benefits. Until today, such benefits have been limited to those with serious symptoms an...

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Foreign Minister Yun stresses non-proliferation at UN m...
May 09, 2014
The United Nation Security Council hosted an open debate on May 7 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540, adopted in 2004 and aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). "Commemorating the 10th Anniversar...

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Korean Cultural Center, Jakarta Arts Institute join han...
May 08, 2014
The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in Indonesia and the Jakarta Arts Institute (Institut Kesenian Jakarta) (IKJ) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the fine arts and cultural events, in Jakarta on May 2. Under the agreement, the two sides intend to promote hu...

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Korea, Japan expand bilateral tourism
May 08, 2014
Korea and Japan have agreed to expand tourism between the two nations. In a tourism ministers' meeting in Seoul on April 28, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Yoo Jinryong and Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akihiro Ota recognized the import...

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Korea, China, Japan make joint effort on air pollution
May 07, 2014
Korea, China and Japan have agreed for the first time to make a joint effort to resolve issues surrounding the fine dust or fine particulate matter known as PM2.5. Representing the host nation, Minister of the Environment Yoon Seong Kyu attended the 16th Tripartite Environment Mi...

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President Park expresses heartache over ferry disaster
May 07, 2014
On May 6, the normally joyous Buddha's Birthday holiday was overshadowed by the nation's somber mood. President Park Geun-hye attended events at Jogyesa Temple to mark Buddha's 2,558th birthday, becoming the first president of Korea to attend the religious ceremony. Giving the ke...